August 6 – October 10, 2020
Schneider Museum of Art
Our annual collaboration with the Schneider Art Museum at Southern Oregon University puts the spotlight on global migration. Co-curated by Jill Hartz, former executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Scott Malbaurn, director of the Schneider Museum of Art, and Richard Herskowitz, artistic director of AIFF, the media art exhibition features work by five artists or artist collectives.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends Report, released in June 2019, nearly 70.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2018. The causes of displacement and migration – war and violence, famine, climate change, and economy– indeed, the struggle to survive and have a better life, seem unending and are, if anything growing more dire, even as many world leaders see refugees and immigrants as threats to their cultures and pawns in their political strategies. The artists in Migrating Bodies address the subject from both personal and historical perspectives.
Above: An image from Passage
The three-channel video work Passage by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng represented his country in the 2017 Venice Biennale and functions as an elegy to the many who have arrived or departed from South Africa in trade, as cargo or as transient bodies belonging to no particular state. Modisakeng is also a featured guest in the festival.
Consisting of multiple monitors of varying sizes, FLIGHT builds on the artists’ research into the mass migration of peoples around the world. The piece, with a poignant score by Rappaport, uses layered visual sources to offer a harrowing meditation on global distress.
DOC/UNDOC (Documentado/Undocumented): Ars Shamánica Performática is a
mixed-media work, published by Moving Parts Press, that speaks to issues of diversity, border culture, and relations between the United States and Mexico.
Born in Iran, Tannaz Farsi is an associate professor of art in the College of Design+Art, University of Oregon. The three installations that comprise Wayfinding draw from historic cultural objects, feminist histories, and theories of displacement to explore concepts of memory, history, identity, and geography.
Founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, and Rasmus Nielsen.
SUPERFLEX creates mixed media and site-specific social practice works, especially focused on the effects of globalization and systems of power. In Kwassa Kwassa (filmed September 2015 in Anjouan; director: Tuan Andrew Nguyen), we watch the construction of a boat on an island between Madagascar and Mozambique. Once used for fishing, boats like these are often used to transport migrants to a nearby French territory. More than 10,000 men, women, and children have already died trying to cross the roughly 70 kilometers separating the start and end of the voyage.